TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Doctor Z

Season 04 | Episode 21

Doctor Z

Actor / Talk Show Host

The always delightful Doctor Z hangs with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante while discussing a few of his favorite monkey movies.

Dr. Z – TMTMM Pod Mentions

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Planet of the Apes (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Beneath The Planet of the Apes (1970) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Escape From The Planet of the Apes (1971)
Battle For The Planet of the Apes (1973) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
The Godfather Part II (1974) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary
Schindler’s List (1993)
Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)
King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
King Kong (1933)
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Godzilla (1954) – Don Coscarelli’s trailer commentary
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Stalag 17 (1953)
In The Heat Of The Night (1967) – Michael Schlesinger’s trailer commentary
King Kong Escapes (1967)
Murders In The Rue Morgue (1932)
The Sorrow And The Pity (1972)
My Octopus Teacher (2020)
It Came From Beneath The Sea (1953) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary
War of the Gargantuans (1966)
You Only Twice (1967)
McCabe And Mrs. Miller (1971)
Le Mans (1971)
Slap Shot (1977)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Moonraker (1979)
They Call Me Bruce? (1982)
Dunstin Checks In (1996)
Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
Monkey Trouble (1994)
Mission: Impossible (1996)

Other Notable Items

Dana Carvey
The Church Lady
Hanging With Doctor Z web series (2021- )
McLean Stevenson
Suzanne Pleshette
John Chambers
Love, American Style TV series (1969-1974)
F Troop TV series (1965-1967)
Chief Dan George
Battle of the Network Stars TV specials (1976-1988, 2017)
Lindsay Wagner
Art Jacobs
Sammy Davis Jr.
Richard Zanuck
Sidney Poitier
Edward G. Robinson
Roddy McDowall
Frankenstein novel by Mary Shelley (1818)
Elvis Presley
The Love Boat TV series (1977-1986)
Clint Eastwood
BJ And The Bear TV series (1979-1981)
Robert Forster
Andy Dick
Oskar Schindler
Dorothy Hamill
Elke Sommer
Frank Gorshin
Tony Randall
The Merv Griffith Show TV series (1965-1969)
The Mike Douglas Show TV series (1961-1981)
Chuck Berry
Mason Reese
Sunday In The Park With George play by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine (1984)
Mickey Rooney
Elvis’s chimp Scatter
Charlton Heston
Captain Beefheart
The Beatles
RKO Pictures
Willis O’Brien
John Beck
Godzilla film series
Merian C. Cooper
The Singing Nun
The Flying Nun TV series (1967-1970)
Sally Field
Mad magazine (1952- )
Sergio Aragonés
Hogan’s Heroes TV series (1965-1971)
Taxi TV series (1973-1983)
Robert Clary
Bob Crane
Bob Guccione
The Runaways
Joan Jett
Lita Ford
Debbie Harry
Marlon Brando
Florence Henderson
Rod Steiger
Norman Jewison
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The King Kong Show TV series (1966-1969)
Charles Gemora
Emil Van Horn
Bela Lugosi
The Murders In The Rue Morgue short story by Edgar Allan Poe (1841)
The Criterion Channel
Toshiro Mifune
Pirates of the Caribbean film series
Mie Hama
Liza Minnelli
Jill St. John
Sean Connery
Roger Moore
Bob Burns
Johnny Stompanato
Lana Turner
Wally Cox
Vincent Price
Parker Brothers
Robby Krieger
Edie Sedgwick
Hugh Hefner
James Caan
Dawn Addams
Great Expectations novel by Charles Dickens (1861)
Johnny Yune
William Hickey
MTV Movie Awards
Harvey Keitel
MTV VJ Kennedy
Martin Landau
Mission: Impossible TV series (1966-1973)
Ann Jillian

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.